Thursday is Girls' Night Out in Port Townsend
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Penny Varteresian, left, and Sue Arthur prepare some of the gift bags for Girl’s Night Out, which takes place on Thursday in Port Townsend.

By Charlie Bermant
Peninsula Daily News

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PORT TOWNSEND — Girls' Night Out, which will take over downtown Port Townsend on Thursday, provides an opportunity for women to have fun shopping while simultaneously benefiting local causes, said Port Townsend Main Street Program Executive Director Mari Mullen.

And they can do it in their pajamas.

“It's a great opportunity for girlfriends to go out on the town and shop with heart,” Mullen said.

“It will be a lot of fun for everybody.”

The Girls' Night Out Pajama Party, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., is sponsored by Main Street, Jefferson Healthcare hospital, Ozone Socks and 24 participating merchants who are offering special deals for the occasion.

Proceeds from the event, which will be generated by the sale of 500 gift bags — each costing $10 — will be divided between the Main Street program and the Jefferson County Public Health Department's breast and cervical cancer screening fund.

Last year, the two agencies shared $7,000, Mullen said.

Participants also are encouraged to wear pajamas during the shopping spree, in line with the pajama party theme.

After the shopping spree, participants can attend a Wrap Party, followed by a slumber party.

The Wrap Party will begin at 8 p.m. at Alchemy Bistro & Wine Bar, 842 Washington St.

The party features a no-host bar, appetizers, desserts and door and raffle prizes.

The suggested donation is $5 at the door.

Raffle winners will be announced at the Wrap Party, where door prizes also will be awarded.

Raffle winners need not be present to win but must be 18 or older.

The slumber party will begin at about 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m., after the Wrap Party ends.

It will be at Manresa Castle, 651 Cleveland St., where participants can stay in one of the hotel's rooms for $49 a night or stay with a group in a banquet room in their sleeping bags for $20.

To RSVP for the banquet room group, phone the Port Townsend Main Street program office at 360-385-7511. The $20 fee will be taken at the door.

To book a room, phone Manresa Castle at 360-385-5750.

The day is geared toward women, but men are invited to participate in all activities — aside from the slumber party.

The gift bags' contents are varied, though all of them have a pair of socks and a coupon book along with different beauty items and other useful items.

They are larger than what is needed to hold all the items to allow for the items purchased during the sales, Mullen said.

Gift bags are available for purchase at six locations: About Time, 839 Water St.; April Fool & Penny Too, 725 Water St.; Bickie's Cotton Casuals, 1034 Water St.; The Clothes Horse, 910 Water St., The Green Eyeshade, 720 Water St.; and Maricee Fashions, 913 Water St.

These locations also are selling raffle tickets for prizes, including an overnight stay for two at Commander's Beach House, dinner for two at The Belmont, movies at the Rose Theatre, treats at The Undertown, coffee at The Boiler Room and a gift certificate for the Resort at Port Ludlow.

For a complete list of participating merchants and other information, visit or phone 360-385-7511.

Jefferson County Reporter Charlie Bermant can be reached at 360-385-2335 or at

Last modified: October 02. 2012 6:08PM
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